This week on the Virtual Console, WiiWare and DSiWare, we only have seven games, but at least they're good ones. WiiWare gets a bit bizarre with a game that defines "interesting," a DSi game that's a "de-make" of a new release, and a Virtual Console game that puts a twist on a classic franchise.
This week's games are as follows:
On DSiWare this week, we have Dark Void Zero (Capcom, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Starship Defense (Nintendo, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), Chronos Twins (EnjoyUp Games, 1 player, 500 DSi Points), and Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever (Gameloft, 1 player, 800 DSi Points). Dark Void Zero takes Capcom's recent game and using the franchise turns in a side-scrolling NES adventure that (in the fake history Capcom has created for the game) started the entire thing to begin with. It's an interesting concept, and not the first time this general idea has been explored, but it might be the best example so far. Starship Defense is the newest DSi download from Q-Games and a tower defense-style game set in space. Chronos Twins' sequel got released on WiiWare last week, but the original DS game, where players simultaneously control "Nec" in two time periods at once, finally comes over from Europe. Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever is, yep, another puppy simulator for DSi owners. What joy.
On WiiWare, we've got Muscle March (Namco Bandai, 1 player, 500 Wii Points) and The Amazing Brain Train (Wahoo Studios, 1 player, 600 Wii Points). Muscle March is the latest bizarre game to come from Namco Bandai, in which bodybuilders chase after a thief who stole their protein drink. They have to pose in the correct positions to navigate through walls and other obstacles. Seriously. It's hard to explain it, so check out videos of the game on YouTube. Looks weird, but seems like fun. The Amazing Brain Train, on the other hand, is an indie brain training game, for those of you out there interested in that genre. Haven't seen much of it, but it seems good from the little I've seen.
There's just one game on the Virtual Console this week and it's Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi for the Sega Genesis (Sega, 1 player, 800 Wii Points). Here, we have a game that's a lot like the classic Shinboi games, since it's from the same series, except this time, there's a dog that follows you around. Yay!
Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi came out last week on the PAL Virtual Console and in December 2006 on the Japanese Virtual Console. It, along with Muscle March and The Amazing Brain Train, is available for download off the Wii Shop Channel, while Dark Void Zero, Starship Defense, Chronos Twins, and Me and My Dogs: Friends Forever are available for download off the DSi Shop Channel.
Check back next week for the latest round of digital releases for the Wii and DSi. Until then, happy gaming!